How to Repair Wood Blinds

Updated February 21, 2017

Wooden blinds can add style to any home and with their beauty comes a hefty price tag. If you know how to repair the blinds then you can prolong the life of the blinds and keep money in your pocket. The repair effort may require a few supplies which can be purchased at any retail outlet that sells blinds.

Determine what the problem is before you can start repairing. For example, if strings are frayed, you may need to replace them.

Conduct an inventory to ensure you have the right tools. You will need a screwdriver to unjam a cord lock and scissors to cut strings. Purchase new slats if some of the existing slats are broken.

Lift the blinds off the window and lay them on a flat surface so you can start repairing them.

Turn the blinds over and pop off the plugs on the bottom rail with a screwdriver to restring the blinds. Remove the bottom rail, by untying the knot and taking out the string. Wind the string back through the holes. Push the string through the hole in the bottom rail and secure the knot. Snip the string under the knot and attach the bottom rail.

Fix broken slats by repeating the above restringing steps. Only remove the slats until you reach the broken slats. Set the new slats in between the ladder strings and put the string through the holes in the new slats. Make a knot below the bottom rail and use the scissors to cut off any extra string. Slide the bottom rail back into place.

Free the pin in the cord lock with a screwdriver to release the blinds if they are stuck. Push the pin with the screwdriver to unjam it and it should release.

Inspect the length of the blinds and ensure they hang properly before placing them back on the window.


Consult a professional before purchasing string for the blinds to ensure it is the proper width and strength to support them.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Wooden slats
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